SITTING: UNZA Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Luke E. Mumba (2nd right), Jilin Agricultural University President, Prof. Feng Jiang (2nd left), UNZA Registrar, Mr Sitali Wamundila (left) and Dean, School Agricultural Sciences, Dr Benson Chishala (right) pose for a group photo on Thursday, 28th September 2017.

The University of Zambia (UNZA) Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Luke E. Mumba, has said that investment in agricultural technology and scientific research would be one of the key drivers in economic growth at both macro and micro levels.

Prof. Mumba said this during the closing ceremony of the first ever International Seminar on Modern Agricultural Techniques on Friday, 29th September 2017 at the Agricultural Technologies Demonstration Centre, UNZA's Liempe farm.

Prof. Mumba said that investment in agricultural technologies, research and training was in line with the 7th National Development Plan which emphasised on diversification of the national economy through agricultural development.

The seminar attracted about 32 participants from the Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Livestock & Fisheries. The seminar lectures and experiments were conducted by professors and experts from Jilin Agricultural University (JAU) on modern techniques and best practices as well as experiences in agricultural production.

And visiting JAU President, Prof. Feng Jiang, said that his university was committed to the achievement of the objectives and targets of the mutual partnership with UNZA.

Prof. Feng said that the cooperation between UNZA and JAU would strive to promote and enhance agricultural production and agribusiness entrepreneurship through development of technologies and scientific research.

He said that the construction and operationalisation of the Agricultural Technologies Demonstration Centre at UNZA’s Liempe farm was evidence of the strong commitment and cooperation between JAU and UNZA.

The JAU team was in the country to conduct the seminar on new agricultural techniques. Additionally, the team familiarised itself with the developments of the memorandum of understanding between UNZA and JAU which was signed in May 2016.

The key areas of interest included the following:

1)    Joint International Research Laboratory
2)    Maize Milling and Processing Plant project
3)    Staff exchange programme
4)    The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation project
5)    The governance of the Agricultural Technologies Demonstration Centre